The sense of entitlement is strong with this story. Sit tight, we’ll take you through it.
A man going on Facebook by the name Paul Chong is heard on video engaging in a heated verbal confrontation with a Singapore general practitioner at his clinic.
What happened to lead up to this point, according to what we gleaned from the six-minute video Chong uploaded, goes like this:
– Chong’s daughter was running a high fever of 39.5 degrees Celsius.
– His wife, who appears to have already brought her to see the doctor in the video earlier in the day, returned in the hopes of confirming the right combination of medication to administer to their daughter.
– Naturally, she should get in line, but apparently her daughter’s fever and her need to confirm the right combination and doses of medication was more urgent than the other patients waiting to see the doctor, and so she couldn’t wait.
– The wife then barges into the doctor’s clinic and demands to speak to him right away.
– The doctor refuses, they exchange insults and possibly swear words, and she calls Chong in to mediate.
– (It’s unclear at this point whether the police have been called in. Near the end of the video we hear a third male voice, so maybe they are present as well)
– Obviously, by this point, the doctor has had it up to here. He says — okay, shouts — that he and his staff were verbally abused by Chong’s wife, and adds that she should have just taken her daughter to the emergency room or another clinic if she could not wait for her turn.
If you like, you can watch the entire clip (now taken down, but re-uploaded by All Singapore Stuff) here, which he captioned “Just want to share to the public….how arrogant can a Singapore clinic doctor can be.”:
Comments are coming fast and furious even up till now, but they all pretty much say the same thing: Chong is, unfortunately, wrong.
Here’s just one of them:
A hashtag has even started in support of the unidentified GP:
Desperate to justify himself, Chong posted a series of follow up statuses on his Facebook profile —
1. Knocking and entering is (apparently) not barging:
2. Outing his wife as being a naturalised Singaporean, when that wasn’t even the point:
Indeed, how *does* one compare a 20-month-old baby and a 20-year-old person with fever? By their age difference?
3. Seeing the tide wasn’t turning his way, Chong deployed a different approach:
Uh no, if you need urgent assistance from a doctor, you call an ambulance.
4. Shortly before removing evidence of his self-entitlement, Chong seeks evidence of his wife barging into the doctor’s consultation room:
All that said, we hope his daughter is feeling better now.
Top photos: Paul Chong’s Facebook page; screenshot from video